Synthesis and Characterization of Polyaniline -Crooked Gold Nanocomposite with Reduced Conductivity
Conducting Polyaniline (Pani)-crooked Gold nanocomposites were synthesized by in situ chemo-oxidative polymerization of aniline with previously made crooked gold nanoparticles by using ammonium per oxidisulphate as oxidizing agent and p-toluene sulphonic acid (p-TSA) as dopant. The formation of nano gold was established by UV-visible spectroscopy with a SPR peak at 512 nm and crooked morphology was confirmed by TEM. Spectroscopic analysis confirmed the formation of the conducting emeraldine salt phase of the polymer. Due to clustering of composite nanoparticles, the polymer composite formed one-dimensional rod-like morphologies. Thermogravimetric analysis revealed a typical three-step decomposition pattern pertaining to polyaniline emeraldine salt. The conductivity of the nanocomposite was found to be lower (2.47 S/cm) than the virgin p-TSA doped polyaniline (5.55 S/cm).
R. R. Hawaldar et al., "Synthesis and Characterization of Polyaniline -Crooked Gold Nanocomposite with Reduced Conductivity ", Journal of Nano Research, Vol. 5, pp. 79-85, 2009